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Nothing Has Changed

Rich and Jo Ann Davis on November 21, 2015

It seems that almost every continent on the planet is in great turmoil today. Headlines concerning France and Mali cause many to wonder if the world has finally spun completely out of control. The masses of people trying to escape the horror are creating many challenges for Europe and the US and it might be reasonable to ask if all of this changes anything for the Body of Christ? 

The best answer that we can find from all indications is that God's servants are keeping on keeping on. Obeying the Great Commandment and the Great Commission are still our marching orders all over the globe. Nothing has changed.

Refugees have always existed

The tyrannical ruler in the Middle East felt threatened that someone might arise to oppose his authority and ordered the genocide of all the babies two years and under. The “house of bread” (Bethlehem) was to become a house of sorrow. Joseph, Mary and Jesus became refugees in Egypt until it was safe to return to Israel.

Two thousand years have passed since Jesus was a refugee and evil is still driving people to escape life-threatening and hopeless conditions. Thankfully, it was not possible for Satan to undo God’s plan because that small little refugee in Egypt was and is the most important person in the history of the world – our God and Savior.

Rich received a phone call a few weeks ago from the Red Cross on our sister island, St. Croix. A young couple had made it to their shores as refugees from the tyranny of Communism and needed a place of shelter while they applied for entrance to the US. Joyful at the opportunity to show the love of Christ, we invited them to stay in one of the vacant apartments on the campus of Bluewater Bible College (BBC).

Dayrom & Diana Dayrom & Diana

The gospel is still changing lives

While the young couple spoke English very well, Spanish is their heart language. After 33 years in Peru, we remain fluent in that language and over dinner at our house we listened to their amazing story.

Then it was our turn to tell them of His-story. The Lord had been preparing this precious young couple throughout their journey to freedom and the clear presentation of the Gospel that night, resulted in both of them confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

A week or so later, Dayrom and Diana discovered that she was pregnant with their first child. It is exciting to pray for them and to wonder what God will do with this young family, new in the faith, in the time to come before Jesus returns. They are now beginning their new life in Christ in their adopted country that has not yet removed these words from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” How wonderful to not only breath free but to be free in Christ.

IMG_0929 The A Team!

The Great Commission is still being obeyed

Within days of receiving our Caribbean refugees, a missionary team from Grace Baptist Church in Pennsylvania arrived on campus to tackle several projects. The men, along with Dayrom, replaced the roof on a faculty house and completely remodeled the bathroom while the ladies, along with some of the students and Diana, upgraded the library in every sense. Click here to see some great shots of "The Grace Team 2015" and their work projects. 

What a blessing for the team to spend hours with the young couple and the students. What an example these mature believers were to everyone on campus as they served with their whole hearts. So much was accomplished on multiple levels, for which we are very thankful.

The funds to buy the needed materials were raised last April during “Bluewater Month.” Some of our supporters in the states helped with this project, but the majority of the funds came from churches in the Caribbean. We are so thankful for the Lord’s provision for the needs of our ministry. 

P5220039 Crumbling handrails among other projects

Showers of blessings still fall from the Lord

As if the blessings recounted above were not enough, one member of that team from PA, along with some new personnel, is planning to return to the campus to continue working. Funds are now being raised to make vital repairs which will make the campus safer and nicer. The new team will arrive in January or February which means that there is still time to be a blessing by helping to fund this fresh work or even by joining the team. Please contact us at rich@abwe.cc for information on joining the team or helping financially. 

IMG_0840 Pray for our students

Disciples are still being made

Jo Ann and I were not able to spend much time working with the team on the projects, as our responsibilities administrating the college and teaching occupied most of our time. Jo Ann is the only person in the office wearing several hats throughout each day. Pray that the Lord would continue to provide grace and strength for her. 

Several wonderful servants of the Lord have once again blessed the college by helping with the teaching load. Even so, Rich has been teaching multiple courses this semester which has kept him plenty busy along with administrative responsibilities.

The students are growing in the knowledge of Christ and in spiritual wisdom for which we are thankful. Seven of the students are scheduled to graduate in May 2016, and they are truly beginning to show evidence of the Lord’s working in their lives. Speaking of graduation, Rich is scheduled to walk in the graduation ceremonies at Columbia International University (CIU) on December 11. We are both flying to South Carolina for that occasion and then on to spend Christmas with family.

The events reported every day in the media provide excellent examples of why the preparation of students at BBC is so important. The young people are preparing to shine as bright lights in a dark world and we continue to “punch holes in the darkness” as Dr. Wendell Kempton used to say. Please continue to pray for us, the faculty, staff, the board of trustees, and the students as together with you, we seek to make true disciples for Christ here at Bluewater Bible College. Thank you for your part in making our ministry possible.